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foreignphrase (db.foreignphrase)

foreignphrase — A word or phrase in a language other than the primary language of the document.


foreignphrase (db.foreignphrase) ::= [-]


The foreignphrase element can be used to mark up the text of a foreign word or phrase. “Foreign” in this context means that it is a language other than the primary language of the document and is not intended to be pejorative in any way.

Processing expectations

A foreignphrase is often given special typographic treatment, such as italics.



The following elements occur in foreignphrase: text, abbrev, acronym, anchor, author, biblioref, citation, citebiblioid, citetitle, coref, date, editor, emphasis (db.emphasis), firstterm (db._firstterm), firstterm (db.firstterm), footnote, footnoteref, foreignphrase (db.foreignphrase), glossterm (db._glossterm), glossterm (db.glossterm), indexterm (db.indexterm.endofrange), indexterm (db.indexterm.singular), indexterm (db.indexterm.startofrange), inlinemediaobject, jobtitle, link, olink, org, orgname, person, personname, phrase (db.phrase), productname, productnumber, quote (db.quote), subscript, superscript, trademark, wordasword, xref.

See Also


<article xmlns=''>
<title>Example foreignphrase</title>

<para>Like so many others, it became a <foreignphrase>de facto</foreignphrase>


Like so many others, it became a de facto standard.